The Festival of Trees has opened for another holiday season at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. For the last 27 years, the festival has displayed beautiful trees decorated by generous sponsors who support the BC Children’s Hospital. Individuals and corporations have worked hard to compose a holiday forest worthy of St. Nick’s highest praise.
The event is free, but organizers suggest a minimum donation of $2.00. This money, along with the sponsor’s donations, goes directly to supporting child health in BC. Last year the event raised over $148,000.
The visiting public is encouraged to donate, but also to vote, selecting their favourite tree from the twinkling line-up.
Because of the event’s growing popularity, the display area was expanded in 2008 to include the upper level entrance to the Pacific Centre Mall off of West Georgia. The festival also runs in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress and in smaller venues in Nanaimo, Sooke, Port Alberni and Osoyoos.
You can visit the trees seven days a week, with the displays open until 11:00 p.m. daily. The final showing will be on Sunday, January 4th.
Come down today and get in the spirit of the holidays by donating to the BCCH and admiring the festive creations.